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Simon Says … “Against Hate”

Last Friday a convicted terrorist launched an assault at a prisoner rehabilitation event near London Bridge. There were three fatalities that day; two victims of the knife attack and one attacker shot dead by the police. The victims were working in legal fields linked to prisoner reform. Their names are Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones. […]

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Simon Says … “Silence”

If by some chance I fell asleep in the morning, just before a lesson and my class came in, found me asleep in the classroom, stayed the lesson and left without my waking up, I would have communicated with them. Even though I hadn’t even seen them. They would take a message from sleeping Simon. […]

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Simon Says… “Failure”

One of the important life skills, and it’s one of many that need to be acquired, is the ability to lose with dignity. The England Rugby team did not lose well at RWC 2019. The players who either took off or refused their runner-up medals from Bill Beaumont did not lose well. I’m a Brit. […]

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31 October 2019

Dear HBC Parents, We met with Jodan Construction this morning for a roadwork update. Gautrans have approved the new road layers and have given Jodan permission to proceed with the next phase of the project. There are a few materials that get laid before the asphalt, and as it stands right now, the asphalt project […]

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Simon Says … “2020 and Beyond”

What is at the heart of good teaching? The answer is relationships and community and encouragement. Although content is important, very little of good teaching is about the syllabus and if the classroom focus is too heavily reliant on content, then we are missing something far more important. High-level teaching should aim to teach and recognise each individual within […]

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Close to a Teacher’s Heart You’ll Find …

Coffee. Or tea. Some people do like tea. It’s the time of year where, generally mainly in the younger years and grades, some parents are considering the mighty challenge of the ‘Teacher Gift.’ I am an enthusiastic and often amused follower of the I Love Fourways group on Facebook, and there are plenty of pleas […]

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Simon Says … “Theory v Practice”

For 27 years I have been dispensing “wisdom” to Moms and Dads across five schools and two hemispheres. Last weekend I learned just how little I actually know. Here’s why! This photo attached to this article was taken by Wendy Beyneveldt at the St David’s Cricket Festival. It shows me with my son in a […]

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Simon Says … “Legacy”

I was judging the MasterChef Finals last Saturday and I had the privilege of speaking to one of our Grandmothers at that event. She said that her father would have been 119 this year. And this got me thinking about legacy. My grandfather would have been 119 this year too. It’s easy to remember because he […]

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Ubuntulessness and the White and Blue

Sometimes human beings are hard to motivate. There’s a fabulously funny and not  necessarily accurate stereotype of teens being the feet-dragging, downward-mouth-turning, eye-rolling apathetics of the world. But we’re all prone to feeling tired, grumpy, unmotivated and rather unco-operative.  Any class in the later lessons on a Thursday epitomises this, but most of the time […]

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Simon Says … “School Uniform”

Writer’s note to you – “I’ve had the opportunity to chat to many of you about these articles. Sometimes at sports’ fixtures. Sometimes as we pass each other in the carpark or on-campus. Sometimes via email or off-site at a shopping mall. I really do appreciate these moments with you very much.”Simon I’ve written this […]

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Simon Says … “Relationship over Detail”

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Deputy Heads’ Conference held at Waterkloof House Preparatory School.  While the presentations were of a particularly high standard, what made it even more worthwhile was the time spent with my excellent colleagues and the deputies at HeronBridge: Helen Braithwaite, Gina Brunsden and Brett Nicolson.  I am […]

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